In 2010, the City Council of Asheville, North Carolina adopted a goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 20% over five years. They adopted a broad range of initiatives with the largest project replacing all 9,000 of the city’s street lights with energy efficient LED fixtures. Of the 17 environmental projects totaling over $10 million in project costs, over half were funded through grants. . For example, the community used funding from The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program from the U.S. Department Energy for phase one of the street light project. The grants totaled over $4 million, 42% of the city’s total costs In the end, the community is expecting to save over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide just by changing the street lights. Additionally, the environmental projects will also save the city millions of dollars in energy reduction.
One of Barack Obama’s presidential priorities is a future where America runs on cleaner, homegrown fuels. As part of his plan, Win the Future, the President has called for 80% of America’s electricity by 2035 to come from clean sources including wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. Below is a list of energy-related grants available to municipalities to help reach that vision.